Career of OU DT Daniel Noble over due to effects of concussion
TULSA — Lack of depth at defensive tackle was a problem for Oklahoma's defense in 2010.
The Sooners will enter this season without one player they were hoping could help shore up that void.
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Sophomore-to-be Daniel Noble will not play football anymore due to lingering issues from a concussion, coach Bob Stoops said during the OU Caravan to Tulsa on Wednesday.
With his football career finished, Noble is going through the steps in order to receive a medical scholarship at OU.
“He's still having trouble,” Stoops said. “He was a strong, young guy that did well.
“Unfortunately, he wasn't able to get past the injury.”
As a true freshman, Noble quickly worked his way into the rotation at tackle last season, which included a strong performance in OU's 28-20 win over Texas.
But the following week against Iowa State, Noble was chasing the quarterback when an offensive lineman wheeled around and popped him in the head.
He was diagnosed with a concussion that kept him out the rest of the season.
Noble came back for spring ball and practiced with the team. But near end of the spring, he encountered a setback that sidelined him for the Red-White Spring Game.
With Noble done, Casey Walker, Stacy McGee and Jamarkus McFarland are the only three Sooner defensive tackles with any playing experience.
Redshirt freshman Torrea Peterson is most likely to replace Noble in the four-man rotation.